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W.Va. honor leaves Mozier 'speechless'

December 19, 2004|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - Jeanne Mozier has been promoting Berkeley Springs since 1978 and is never at a loss for words, but when West Virginia Culture and History Commissioner Troy Body presented her with the Distinguished West Virginian Award on Saturday, Mozier was astonished.

"Probably for the first time in my life, I'm speechless," Mozier said. "I was totally surprised - not a clue."

Body said he told Mozier he was coming to the Ice House on Saturday to make a tourism grant initiative announcement for Morgan County. He said he alerted the Morgan Arts Council that Mozier was going to receive the award.

Ann Harkins, secretary of the Morgan Arts Council, said Travel Berkeley Springs, the Morgan County-Berkeley Springs Chamber of Commerce and the arts council worked together to get the message out to members.

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The Distinguished West Virginian Award is the highest honor given by the governor, Body said. Mozier received the award for her outstanding achievements in promoting West Virginia.

In his nomination letter to Alex Macia, chief of staff for Gov. Bob Wise, Body wrote, "Mozier spends countless hours in the Eastern Panhandle working on behalf of Morgan County and the State as a whole."

Mozier is the author of "Way Out in West Virginia, A Must Have Guide to the Oddities and Wonders of the Mountain State." She also wrote the Eastern Panhandle part of the West Virginia travel guide in 1989.

Mozier started the Morgan Arts Council and is vice president of both the Chamber of Commerce and Travel Berkeley Springs. She also serves on the West Virginia Commission for the Arts and is chairing the new Governor's Awards for the Arts.

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